Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces

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Diocese of Las Cruces
Dioecesis Las Cruces
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces.svg
Country United States
Territory 10 counties across Southern New Mexico
Ecclesiastical province Santa Fe
Area 44,483 sq mi (115,210 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
139,322 (26.4%)
Parishes 45
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 17, 1982 (34 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Oscar Cantú
Emeritus Bishops Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B.
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces (Latin: Dioecesis Las Cruces) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southwestern region of the United States, comprising the 10 southern counties in the state of New Mexico: Hidalgo, Grant, Luna, Sierra, Doña Ana, Otero, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, and Lea. It is led by a prelate bishop which serves as pastor of the mother church, Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the City of Las Cruces. Its congregants are overwhelmingly Hispanic, mostly Mexican in descent.[citation needed] The diocese is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


The See of Las Cruces was canonically erected by Pope John Paul II on August 17, 1982. Its territory was taken from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Diocese of El Paso.[1][2]


The list of bishops of the diocese and their years of service:

  1. Ricardo Ramirez, CSB (1982—2013)
  2. Oscar Cantú (2013—Present)


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Las Cruces". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Las Cruces". Retrieved 2013-05-28. 

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Coordinates: 32°17′48″N 106°46′39″W / 32.29667°N 106.77750°W / 32.29667; -106.77750